What is Joy?
Joy has built a virtual home for weddings — a website and an app. It allows couples to manage all wedding planning details in one place.
What is admin guest management?
This project involves redesign of an entire module of the admin panel. It is an attempt to build the best guest management system in the entire wedding industry.
UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS
A COUPLE OF INSIGHTS
THE PROBLEM AND FEATURES
From the insights gathered from research, I defined the problem I would be solving with my design. Centering around the problem, I created a feature list with some existing features given by the company and also new features generated by me.
SKETCH 1: OVERCOMPLICATED FIRST DESIGN
I listed all the features on the left side of the whiteboard and sketches for each feature on the right side. This way, I broke the big complicated problems into smaller pieces.
Then I stitched all the designs for all features back together to get the first design. Even though this design solved the problems, but it lost the sense of simplicity and magic.
SKETCH 2: A MORE GUIDED APPROACH
To bring back the simplicity and magic, I decided to go with a step-to-step approach with the guest list design. Got a “yes” for the interaction model, I went on the computer to explore the layout of the design.
WIREFRAME 1: THE TOO “BULKY” SHELL
After bringing the design from sketch to wireframe, I realized the design looked too bulky with the steps taking a lot of unnecessary space. It led me to think about whether building a guest list was actually a linear activity.
WIREFRAME 2: A MORE SIMPLE SHELL
Instead of having steps, I decided to have 3 tabs which let users switch between different modes. I also made all the buttons on the top right which took a lot less space and looked less overwhelming.
FINAL DESIGN: IMPORT GUESTS
FINAL DESIGN: DIFFERENT VIEWS
FINAL DESIGN: EDITOR FEATURE
FINAL DESIGN: DYNAMIC COLUMNS
FINAL DESIGN: VISUALLY SHOW HOUSEHOLDS
Design in the real world actually makes an impact and it is part of the experience of a product.
I need to not only know the scope of the project but also understand how this project fits in the company business trajectory.
Ask for feedback in the right way
When showing my work to others, I need to be explicit on what exactly I am asking for feedback and always come in prepared.
Bringing in the right fidelity of the design is also very crucial in filtering feedback.
No formula for design process
Sometimes it is important to meditate on what is the core of the design. I strive to spend the 20% of my time to achieve the 80% of the results.
Therefore, I only do what I need to do to get the best results and cut out processes that are unnecessary.